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Posted on: Sep 18, 2014

The Supreme Court annual report (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) is now available. The report provides information about the work of the Court and its affiliated agencies. Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush explained, “The annual report provides a substantial overview of Supreme Court cases, opinions and projects. Details are always available at courts.in.gov, but this report allows readers a snapshot of the breadth of work for a one-year period.”

Read the report at http://courts.in.gov/supreme/files/1314report.pdf.

During the fiscal year, the Court was asked to review 995 cases. The five justices—Loretta Rush, Brent Dickson, Robert Rucker, Steven David and Mark Massa—read thousands of pages of briefs to determine which cases to grant transfer (accept as a Supreme Court case). Other reported statistics include:

  • 94 majority opinions handed down by the Court
  • 81% of the opinions handed down were unanimous (5-0 or 4-0)
  • 80 oral arguments were heard


Details on each of the Supreme Court agencies are also available in the report. Photographs taken throughout the year show the Court’s interaction with students, community members and the press. Narratives in the report from various Supreme Court agencies showcase the following:

  • The Odyssey case management system will soon be used by the Supreme Court
  • Case data from 1.6 million new trial court cases was collected
  • 102 hours of instruction were provided to judges statewide
  • 584 of 823 applicants passed the Indiana Bar Exam
  • A new version of the mediator registry launched (1291 mediators online)
  • 81 final orders were issued in attorney discipline cases
  • 1 case included formal discipline of a judge
  • Health issues that impact senior lawyers are a focus of assistance programs
  • Public outreach included 349 tweets

Past annual reports can be found at http://courts.in.gov/supreme/2484.htm. Later this year the Indiana Judicial Service Report, which details the work of the trial courts, will also be available on the Court’s website.

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